The charming town of Thomasville in Georgia is aptly called the “Winter Resort of the South” thanks to its quaint and warm atmosphere. Everywhere you look, there’s a well-preserved piece of history juxtaposed with modern mom-and-pop shops that really give off a small town vibe. Thomasville is the perfect place to go for city slickers who’re tired of the fast pace of modern life in today’s metropolises.
If you’re thinking of visiting Thomasville this summer, here’s a list of some of the most popular places to see while you’re there:
Visit the Historic Home of Pebble Hill
Like most places in Thomasville, visiting Pebble Hill is like traveling back in time. This sprawling historic home gives us a window into what it was like to live in a plantation during the 1800s. It’s peppered with authentic antiques and an impressive art collection, all kept in the same condition all these centuries later. Also on the property is a firehouse apartment and a few cottages for visitors who want to stay the night and get the full Pebble Hill experience.
Try the Special Cheese at the Sweet Grass Dairy
As the name implies, Sweet Grass Dairy is a dairy farm that specializes in creating a wide array of cheeses from grass-fed cow’s milk. There’s an official cheese shop where patrons can feast on cute charcuterie boards and gourmet burgers all infused with the farm’s own unique cheeses. This farm offers some of the most fantastic cheeses in the world, specifically the pimento and “Thomasville” varieties. Definitely a must-visit!
Go to the Farmer’s Daughter Vineyards
This recently founded vineyard is testament to the ingenuity of the townspeople in Thomasville. Here, they grow hybrid grapes of French and America origin and the vineyard is run by a third-generation peanut-farming family, hence the name Farmer’s Daughter. The best way to savor the wines is to go on an official tasting tour where you’ll tour the whole property and later enjoy the finest Georgia wines paired with exceptional chocolates and cheeses.
East Dinner at the Jonah’s Shrimp and Grits
As the name implies, Jonah’s Shrimp and Grits serves up the best shrimp and grits in town. This restaurant is smack bang in the middle of the town’s square and it’s the pride of Thomasville, as it has played a huge role in preserving some of the town’s most loved delicacies. From lip-smackingly tender Cajun-style shrimp to creamy grits, Jonah’s is the place to go if you want to experience the true taste of southern seafood cuisine. Also, they serve generous portions here so come hungry!
Learn History at the Lapham-Patterson House
Lapham-Patterson House is a great place for history buffs to visit because it shows off Thomasville’s Victorian-era roots. This property was originally built in the 1800s and is one of the most well-preserved properties in the town. Here, you’ll see a lot of features that harken back to the 1800s including elegant pine floors, a sprawling porch, fish-scale shingles and a double-flue fireplace that’ll really take you back. The best part is that a tour of this property costs just $8 so it’s really easy on the pocket.
Enjoy Donuts at the Nanee’s Donut Hole
If you find yourself getting a sweet tooth while in Thomasville, look no further than the town’s most famous bakery, Nanee’s Donut Hole. Apart from the exceptional services, Nanee’s is famous for offering a wide variety of breakfast food including the most diverse selection of donuts you’ll ever see! We recommend you bring a few buddies to this joint so you can each try a little bit of everything, from the jam-filled classic donut to the cinnamon twists and scrumptious apple fritters. Yum! The best part is that their donuts are perfectly soft and not too sweet.
Shop at Relic’s
Relic’s is arguably the best and most popular antique store in Thomasville. It was founded by self-professed junker Melissa, whose passion for antiques and vintage editions led her to open Relic’s. Most of the items sold are sourced from the southeast part of the US. You’ll want to visit this shop before you leave to get authentic souvenirs to take home.
Get Kitting Classes at The Fuzzy Goat
Knitting enthusiasts unite! The Fuzzy Goat offers exclusive knitting classes where you’ll learn to knit using ethically sourced local yarns. Even if you’re not an avid knitter, you’ll still find this class to be a fun and informative one. Plus, you’ll walk away having acquired a new hobby!
Visit the Historic Big Oak
This giant oak tree is over 330 years old and stands proud at 160 wide. It’s known as the Historic Big Oak because it is a big part of the town’s history and many see it as representing the roots of this region. Apart from capturing a selfie with your phone, you can also take a picture of yourself and your family with the provided camera.
Do the Taste of Thomasville Food Tour
If you want to experience the full gamut of Thomasville’s culinary culture, this tour is a good place to start. You’ll be taken to six of the town’s most popular eateries after rambling about on a tour of the some of the most notable spots in the town. This is a small town so this will be a short walk, and straight after you’ll be greeted with a smorgasbord of food while the guide articulates the history and facts behind every dish.
Smell the Thomasville Rose Garden
The Thomasville Rose Garden has been around for well over 90 years and in that time this venue has earned a reputation as one of the most gorgeous rose gardens in the country. It’s located in the already beautiful Cherokee Lake Park where you’ll find well over 1,500 rose bushes. The garden beds are named after certain themes like the Famous People section which pays homage to stars like Elizabeth Taylor and Barbara Streisand. Visit during the Rose Show Festival to immerse yourself in an ages old tradition celebrating this fragrant and lovely flower.
Shop in the Historic Downtown Setting
The retail boutiques in Thomasville are a shopaholic’s dream. Here you’ll find one-of-a-kind items from clothing to kid’s toys, books, housewares, knick-knacks, gifts and more! There are a lot of shops to choose from which means there’s something for everyone. Some of our favorites include Kevin’s Fine Outdoor Gear & Apparel, Smallcakes, The Shoe Box, The Bookshelf, Harden’s Taxidermy and Firefly. If you go downtown you’ll find 12 hidden bronze quail while the Thomasville CVB is the perfect place to find a scorecard for tips and hints as you go along.